Unionized labor in Nogales does not
represent a major impediment to new starts or expansion. Migrant farm worker
unions are more prevalent in this region.
The State of Sonora has been progressive
and aggressive in marketing their capabilities to support new manufacturing.
Much of this emphasis has been toward new sites in the interior of the state,
reflective of the fact that Nogales isolation severely limits its capacity to
accept new and larger manufacturing operations. The push toward Nogales
inevitably comes from the State of Arizona, hoping to better capitalize on
the expanding maquila industry in the fashion of California and Texas.
Sonora has established a marketing
agency in Tucson to assist new businesses locating anywhere in the state.
Arizona has a very pro-business attitude and offers numerous assistance
programs and tax abatements to new businesses.